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Department of History & Geography

Located on the RiverPark Campus in Uptown Columbus, Georgia, the department houses specialist faculty with international reputations in the fields of United States, Latin American, Indigenous American, African American, Middle Eastern, and French histories, along with thematic interests in religious studies, racial and ethnic history, popular culture, memory studies, and the digital humanities. Courses in Urban, Community, and Cultural Geography as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enhance the research and employment opportunities of our graduates. Course sizes are small, and our faculty pride themselves on close relationships with our students and community, along with a commitment to them that often lasts beyond graduation.

What We Do

Dr. Brad Huff

Dr. Brad Huff

Theory, technique, application: these are the three pillars to each of Dr. Huff’s Geographic Information System (GIS) classes. From identifying blighted properties, designing a walking tour map of Oxbow Meadows for visitors to use while hiking, or mapping and analyzing the firebombings that occurred in Columbus in the summer of 1971, CSU students learn to use GIS to change the way people see - and understand - the world.

Alumni Spotlight

Katherine Hinzman

Katherine Hinzman ’15

“The CSU History Department provided me with a foundational methodological approach that I continue to exercise to this day. The relationships I established with professors there allowed me to develop essays in a way that set me on the right track to writing and exploring larger and broader topics and theories in academia. I particularly benefitted…from the department’s encouragement to undertake history courses as a visiting student at Oxford through CSU's Center for Global Engagement. This is what ultimately led me to apply and pursue my Masters at Oxford following my graduation from CSU and continue with my doctoral research in the UK.”

Katherine is now an art history PhD candidate at the University of York, focusing on the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones.